We’ve heard “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” so often that I wonder if some people just ignore the phrase and go about their business. In this motto, I believe that “reduce” is the most life changing of them all. When we reduce what we bring into our lives as a whole, we become clear about what we really need and what we actually use.
It is having what we need, use, and love that brings us peace of mind, not insatiably wanting more things.
Now is the perfect time to reevaluate the areas in our lives where we can reduce unnecessary things. Minimalist living is only owning what you actually need and use that also brings absolute joy. Finding your own personal balance with this is key. You want to feel free from materialism, not deprived. As you begin to reduce your possessions, it will become easier as you go. This is especially true as you acknowledge all of the things that don’t add bliss into your life.
Every possession that we own holds an energy. Some of it is actually stagnant energy that we don’t even realize until we move it out of our space.
Clutter can disrupt the chi in your living space as well as in life by unconsciously draining your energy. Although tackling clutter can feel like an intense therapy session, the rewards are limitless. Instead of putting so much energy into having things, organizing them, and getting more, this same energy can go towards creativity, our relationships, and incredible life experiences.
Reducing possessions allows new space for abundant prosperity, clarity, new ideas, and invaluable time.
Abundant time and clarity are two of the most invaluable manifestations that I have gained from living a minimalist lifestyle. By removing all of the insane distractions, I have observed everything that was bringing me down and decided to choose something different. I have released previous unpaid obligations where I was overworking and bringing resentment into the situation because of it. I’ve put projects aside that have not been successful, and cleared out the space for new ideas to be born.
I’ve let go of jobs that brought more sadness, frustration, and tears, than the paycheck was worth once other projects finally blossomed.
The clarity and faith to choose another path would not have been possible for me if I had never really looked at what was actually vital to my own true happiness. I used to believe it had to do with having more of what “she” had. Now I know it has everything to do with only owning what brings me pure bliss. Her bliss may not be what will really bring me true joy anyway!
“Reduce, Reduce, Reduce” is the honest and rewarding minimalist philosophy.
(Image by Dawn Michelle)